Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

A Tennessean’s Way of Seeing

Charles Wright’s Pulitzer-winning poems are Southern at their core

July 1, 2016 In the eighth of a nine-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, Bobby C. Rogers remembers his teacher, Charles Wright, and Black Zodiac, the book that finally won Wright a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

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Stories, Not Textbooks

In his latest poems, Bobby C. Rogers celebrates small-town America

June 29, 2016 In his new poetry collection, Social History, Bobby C. Rogers celebrates the spirit that makes small towns in America so unique.

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“Swifts”

June 20, 2016 William Page’s poems have appeared widely in such journals as North American Review, The Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The Southern Review. He is the founding editor of The Pinch and a retired professor of creative writing at the University of Memphis. Page will read from his fifth collection, In this Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds, at Burke’s Book Store in Memphis on June 23, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.

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“Come Morning”

June 15, 2016 Gary McDowell is the author of a collection of lyric essays and five collections of poetry, including Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He will read from Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 20, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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“Red Coals”

June 14, 2016 William Woolfitt is the author of Beauty Strip (Texas Review Press, 2014) and Charles of the Desert (Paraclete Press, 2016). His poems and stories have appeared in Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Blackbird, and other journals. An assistant professor of English at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, he will read from his new poetry collection at Bar Marley in Knoxville on June 19, 2016, at 1 p.m.

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Reconsidering My Whole Position

Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poems finally allowed Kate Daniels to call herself a Southern writer

June 10, 2016 Robert Penn Warren is the only writer to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both poetry and fiction—and he won for poetry twice: in 1958 for Promises: Poems and in 1979 for Now and Then: Poems. In the fifth of a nine-essay series commemorating the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, poet Kate Daniels remembers the way Warren’s poetry helped her confront an ugly past.

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